5 Tiny Towns In New Mexico Where HUGE Things Happened

History always seems to have a way of surprising us with interesting facts about New Mexico that are often easily forgotten. Here’s a look at 5 little towns in the Land of Enchantment where some incredible and tragic events took place.

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Interesting Facts About New Mexico

August 13, 2020

What are the best little known facts about New Mexico?

New Mexico has a long history, quirky places, and some tall tales - some of which are actually true. Impress your peers with some NM trivia, like the fact that the state has nearly the area of the entire state of West Virginia in forestland. That's about 16.7 million acres of trees! Did you know that there are more UNESCO World Heritage Sites in this state than in any other? New Mexico is also home to the longest aerial tramway in the United States, the Sandia Peak Tramway. It spans nearly 3 miles long from the base to the top of Sandia Peak.

What are the most unique towns in New Mexico?

There are many unique small towns in New Mexico that truly shine despite their size. Cloudcroft is the highest town in the state, with an elevation of over 9,000 feet. There's no other town besides Hatch that can call themself the Chile Capital of the World. You won't have trouble finding chile there, for sale on the side of the road, or perfectly made into meals at the local restaurants. Magdalena, New Mexico has less than 1,000 residents but it's worth visiting for the art galleries, natural scenery, and the local rodeo.

What is the most interesting place in New Mexico?

Visit some of the most interesting places in New Mexico and you'll certainly go home with lifelong memories. One of the most fascinating spots in the entire state would be the Bisti Badlands/De-Na-Zin Wilderness. This place has the most intriguing geological formations, like colorfully banded hills and "hoodoos," or naturally formed rock pillars. The vivid colors of it all will almost make you feel like you've stepped onto another planet, far from earth. There are numerous trails through the park and ways to see this unique spot for yourself.